Experiencing Interruptions?

Cheer Me Up

Gili dreams of becoming an independent woman. Noam, her husband, cannot possibly think of releasing his hold of her, he loves her to death. Their 8-year old son Assaf just wants a "normal family" but is used by his parents in order to get bits of information about each other. One day Gili starts working secretly, Noam is convinced she's cheating on him, but when he finds out things get quite extreme...

  • Mili Ben Hayl and Tamar Shippony
    Director
  • Mili Ben Hayl
    Writer
  • Hava Luzon
    Writer
  • Mili Ben Hayl
    Producer
  • Tamar Shippony
    Producer
  • Gili Saar
    Key Cast
  • Ofer Amram
    Key Cast
  • Ben Shellef
    Key Cast
  • Claus Lynge
    Sound Design & Mix
    Academy Award winner "Ida" and "A Royal Affair"
  • Mili Ben Hayl
    Editors
  • Tamar Shippony
    Editors
  • Mickey Noam-Alon
    Director of Photography
  • Ronit Rolland
    Original Music
  • Steve Sebban
    Colorist
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    מצברוח טוב
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    215,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Israel
  • Country of Filming:
    Israel
  • Language:
    Hebrew
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Kolkata International Film Festival (FIAPF-specialized) - Official Selection
    Kolkata
    India
    November 14, 2016
    World Premiere
    Jury Award
  • Israeli Film Week
    Tel-Aviv
    Israel
    December 25, 2016
    Israeli Premiere
  • Osnabruck International Film Festival
    Osnabruck
    Germany
    October 19, 2017
    European Premiere
    Official Selection - Children's Rights Competition
Director Biography - Mili Ben Hayl and Tamar Shippony

Mili Ben Hayl is an independent director and screenwriter who studied at the the Dept. of Film and Television in Tel Aviv University. For over 15 years she has been giving workshops in creative writing and directing in diverse communities all around Israel.

Tamar Shippony is an experimental filmmaker and artist who studied at Pratt Institute in NY and Bezalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem.

Mili and Tamar, a couple in real life and in film, they have their our own production company called '288 Sparks' where they produce & direct films together.

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Director Statement

This film touches upon the subject of domestic violence but mainly puts the focus on violence that is not physical, violence that is more covert and at times can be more manipulative and dangerous.

The film is based on true life events of a brave woman named Hava, who lived 20 years in a violent relationship and was able to find her way out. Hava accompanied the making of this film throughout all of its stages.

During post-production we raised $25,000 dollars in a crowd-funding platform. A few days after we started our campaign we got a message from a woman who identified with our project and wanted to meet us in order to help. Her name was Dafna Bar Zion (a famous restaurant owner and musician in Israel).

The last day of our crowd-funding campaign she called in the morning and told us that she had raised an amount of money for us and that we should come and pick up the check. Unfortunately this was the last time we saw her... Dafna Bar Zion was aggressively murdered by her husband (a famous musician in Israel). It is known to police that she complained about his violence.

And so we dedicated our film Cheer Me Up to her, who filled our hearts with faith that our project is important, both in her life and her death (the song in the roll of the film is her song, a song she never got to finish or publish).

We hope this film will raise awareness in people, both men and women either to seek out help, or even better to awaken their inner strength and break free from suppression and fear, knowing that they have control of their life and that they can do something about it.